The mission of acute care adult mental health services at
a Schedule 1 facility is to provide intensive inpatient and
outpatient care that includes: emergency services; short-term
inpatient assessment; assessment, stabilization and short-term
inpatient treatment; discharge planning; outpatient services;
and, consultation, education, coordination and integration.
TBRHSC also houses an independent inpatient Child and Adolescent Mental Health Unit through Paediatric services.
This specialized program is designed to treat youth, ages 10 to 17 years, with serious and complex mental health disorders.
To further define the nature and scope of mental health services at Thunder
Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre, several guiding values
have been identified to objectify service delivery. Services
- Highly skilled
- Problem focused, and
- Responsive to need (limited or no waiting list with streamlined access)
Adult Mental Health Services is committed to the development
of a well-functioning multidisciplinary team which includes
chaplaincy, family medicine, nursing, occupational therapy,
pharmacy, psychiatry, psychology, recreation therapy and social
work. The service emphasizes multidisciplinary assessment,
consultation and intervention to provide comprehensive, holistic
and culturally appropriate care. The well being and functionality
of the team is critical to successful patient outcomes as
staff is the largest resource.
The Model of Care is a fluid structure integrated with community
services without duplicating them and offering streamlined
and common intake for some services. Services are targeted
to people 16 years of age and older with serious and/or acute
mental illness. The focus is on individuals who have more
complex service needs rather than people who can be adequately
served by community services. The model provides for outreach
and/or strong links with other service agencies in order to
prevent service gaps, ensure continuity of care and maintain
links with people in difficulty.
Please refer to the links below or click
here for a more complete description of the programs within
Adult Mental Health Services.
Currently, mental health services consist of:
In-depth reference regarding the many variations of mental
illness may be found on the Canadian
Mental Health Association website.
Further information with respect to mental illness and recovery
for people in the Thunder Bay region, may be found on the
an OPEN mind" website.